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Balancing act: Little Crow Ski Team performs at Neer Park

Erica Dischino / Tribune Skiers move across the lake in a 22-person pyramid formation during the Little Crow Water Ski Team’s second show of the summer June 8 at Neer Park in New London.1 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Kelsey Kramer, left, and Jordan Sankey wave to the crowd while performing on swivel skis during the Little Crow Water Ski Team’s show at Neer Park in New London.2 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Skiers who are all a part of the pyramid formation team wave to the crowd once on shore during the Little Crow Water Ski Team’s performance June 8 at Neer Park in New London.3 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Camron Hedman moves across the water with barefoot skis during a performance by the Little Crow Water Ski Team June 8 at Neer Park in New London. Hedman has been a part of the Little Crow Water Ski Team since he was a youngster. 4 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Skiers move across the lake in formation during the Little Crow Water Ski Team’s performance at Neer Park in New London.5 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Skiers propel off of a platform and land in the water during the Little Crow Water Ski Team’s June 8 show at Neer Park in New London.6 / 6

NEW LONDON – Standing on top of another person’s shoulders is a difficult feat. Add moving across a lake on water skis – that is truly a balancing act.

The Little Crow Water Ski Team’s 2018 summer season is well under way at Neer Park in New London. Directed by Andrew Welter, this year’s show is called “Little Crow Acres” and the theme is “Down on the Farm.”

The Little Crow Ski Team was formed in 1979 by a group of west central Minnesota water skiers and originally started with just 15 members. This year, more than 100 people are involved in performing and helping to put on the show. They range in age from 6 to 60 years old.

The team began practice in February using gyms and indoor pools, and started practicing on the water in early May, according to their promotional materials.

For the show this year, the performers collectively use 35 pairs of pyramid skis, 30 ballet skis, 20 pairs of Connelly fiberglass jump skis and 30 pairs of combo skis. These numbers do not include the other various skis used in specialty and clown routines. The skis used in the show are stored in trailers and brought out once practice begins.

In addition, every water act has its own set of ropes that pull the water skiers. Over three miles of ski ropes are used for each show and must be rolled up after every act.

The Little Crow Ski Team is regarded as one of the premier water ski teams in the area and has won multiple titles in the Midwest Regional Tournaments. Over the years, 25 members of the team have gone on to water ski in professional shows.

There are 15 shows this year at Neer Park that will be performed throughout June, July and August. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday during June and July, and at 7 p.m. in August. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Neer Park is located at 311 Second Ave. S.E. in New London, along the scenic Crow River, just off state Highway 23.

For more information, visit littlecrow.com or their Facebook Page at “Little Crow Ski Team.”

Sharon Bomstad

Sharon Bomstad is the features editor at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., and is the editor of the newspaper's Live it! Magazine. She has been an employee of the West Central Tribune for more than 35 years.

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